Pretty Awesome—- GEORGE R.R. MARTIN graces us with his presence today.  Check out his post about The Skin Trade on his very own blog. When I first optioned the story for www.mtpprods.com, I was drawn to it on several levels and, as we continue to develop the project, we are full-on living, breathing these characters and the universe in which they exist.  It’s unarguable, GRRM is well deserving of his recent accolades, which have been a long time coming— one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People, USA Today’s Author of the Year, and New York Times Bestseller, with much thanks HBO’s production of George’s ‘Game of Thrones’.   As an auteur, his work is being enjoyed en masse- he’s becoming a brand of sorts- and it’s this fervor that surrounds his work as of late, that makes the project that much more exciting.  We loved him and his work well before GoT—but now, it’s as if this project can be rightly celebrated by so many who recognize his genius, that may have overlooked the project otherwise before. 
'nuff said— bottom line— Get ready for a twist-and-turn murder mystery like no other you've ever seen before— and much thanks to George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Stacey Parks of www.filmspecific.com for being an integral part of it all.  

Pretty Awesome—- GEORGE R.R. MARTIN graces us with his presence today.  Check out his post about The Skin Trade on his very own blog. When I first optioned the story for www.mtpprods.com, I was drawn to it on several levels and, as we continue to develop the project, we are full-on living, breathing these characters and the universe in which they exist.  

It’s unarguable, GRRM is well deserving of his recent accolades, which have been a long time coming— one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People, USA Today’s Author of the Year, and New York Times Bestseller, with much thanks HBO’s production of George’s ‘Game of Thrones’.   As an auteur, his work is being enjoyed en masse- he’s becoming a brand of sorts- and it’s this fervor that surrounds his work as of late, that makes the project that much more exciting.  We loved him and his work well before GoT—but now, it’s as if this project can be rightly celebrated by so many who recognize his genius, that may have overlooked the project otherwise before. 

'nuff said— bottom line— Get ready for a twist-and-turn murder mystery like no other you've ever seen before— and much thanks to George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Stacey Parks of www.filmspecific.com for being an integral part of it all.  

I dreamt that it was night and that I was lying in bed. (My bed stood with its foot towards the window; in front of the window there was a row of old walnut trees. I know it was winter when I had the dream, and night-time.) Suddenly the window opened of its own accord, and I was terrified to see that some white wolves were sitting on the big walnut tree in front of the window. There were six or seven of them. The wolves were quite white, and looked more like foxes or sheep-dogs, for they had big tails like foxes and they had their ears pricked like dogs when they pay attention to something. In great terror, evidently of being eaten up by the wolves, I screamed and woke up. My nurse hurried to my bed, to see what had happened to me. It took quite a long while before I was convinced that it had only been a dream; I had had such a clear and life-like picture of the window opening and the wolves sitting on the tree. At last I grew quieter, felt as though I had escaped from some danger, and went to sleep again.” (Freud 1918)
This was the dream of the famous “Wolf Man,” Sergie Pankejeff.
I dreamt that it was night and that I was lying in bed. (My bed stood with its foot towards the window; in front of the window there was a row of old walnut trees. I know it was winter when I had the dream, and night-time.) Suddenly the window opened of its own accord, and I was terrified to see that some white wolves were sitting on the big walnut tree in front of the window. There were six or seven of them. The wolves were quite white, and looked more like foxes or sheep-dogs, for they had big tails like foxes and they had their ears pricked like dogs when they pay attention to something. In great terror, evidently of being eaten up by the wolves, I screamed and woke up. My nurse hurried to my bed, to see what had happened to me. It took quite a long while before I was convinced that it had only been a dream; I had had such a clear and life-like picture of the window opening and the wolves sitting on the tree. At last I grew quieter, felt as though I had escaped from some danger, and went to sleep again.” (Freud 1918)

This was the dream of the famous “Wolf Man,” Sergie Pankejeff.
I dreamt that it was night and that I was lying in bed. (My bed stood with its foot towards the window; in front of the window there was a row of old walnut trees. I know it was winter when I had the dream, and night-time.) Suddenly the window opened of its own accord, and I was terrified to see that some white wolves were sitting on the big walnut tree in front of the window. There were six or seven of them. The wolves were quite white, and looked more like foxes or sheep-dogs, for they had big tails like foxes and they had their ears pricked like dogs when they pay attention to something. In great terror, evidently of being eaten up by the wolves, I screamed and woke up. My nurse hurried to my bed, to see what had happened to me. It took quite a long while before I was convinced that it had only been a dream; I had had such a clear and life-like picture of the window opening and the wolves sitting on the tree. At last I grew quieter, felt as though I had escaped from some danger, and went to sleep again.” (Freud 1918)
This was the dream of the famous “Wolf Man,” Sergie Pankejeff.
I dreamt that it was night and that I was lying in bed. (My bed stood with its foot towards the window; in front of the window there was a row of old walnut trees. I know it was winter when I had the dream, and night-time.) Suddenly the window opened of its own accord, and I was terrified to see that some white wolves were sitting on the big walnut tree in front of the window. There were six or seven of them. The wolves were quite white, and looked more like foxes or sheep-dogs, for they had big tails like foxes and they had their ears pricked like dogs when they pay attention to something. In great terror, evidently of being eaten up by the wolves, I screamed and woke up. My nurse hurried to my bed, to see what had happened to me. It took quite a long while before I was convinced that it had only been a dream; I had had such a clear and life-like picture of the window opening and the wolves sitting on the tree. At last I grew quieter, felt as though I had escaped from some danger, and went to sleep again.” (Freud 1918)

This was the dream of the famous “Wolf Man,” Sergie Pankejeff.
Check out the new website!  www.theskintrademovie.com   … Thanks to Gerald Vandeveer for amazing design, layout and a healthy portion of patience and attention to detail. Looks great!

Check out the new website!  www.theskintrademovie.com   … Thanks to Gerald Vandeveer for amazing design, layout and a healthy portion of patience and attention to detail. Looks great!

SELF-CLAIMED VAMPIRE-WEREWOLF ACCUSED OF MURDER…
A teen connected to a homicide is claiming she’s a vampire-werewolf, and that’s not likely to serve as much of a defense. According to a CBS News story,
A Florida teenager is behind bars as an accessory to the brutal murder of 16-year-old Jacob Hendershot. But that may not be the most shocking part of the crime — Stephanie Pistey says she believes she’s part vampire and part werewolf. Florida police say that, in July, Pistey’s friends lured Hendershot to a house, killed him, and then left his body in a storm drain.
Pistey told a local TV station “I know this is going to be crazy, but I believe that I’m a vampire and part werewolf.” She claims she drank blood from her fiancé and co-defendant William Chase.
NEWS: Beyond ‘Twilight’: Vampires Around the World
The fact that Pistey claims to be a vampire is not, by itself, that unusual. Many people are interested in vampires, and they are everywhere, from “Twilight” to “True Blood” and “Fright Night.” In the mainstream media and pop culture, vampires are very alluring, with elements of power, romance, eroticism and immortality.
It’s not surprising that many people identify with vampires and some even claim to be them. But it’s usually done in the context of goth-inspired role-playing.
As strange as the case is, it’s also not the first time that a person claimed to be a vampire/werewolf hybrid.
In 2007 a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man named Kristian Carl came to believe he was a werewolf (partly because he has prominent canine teeth). According to police, Carl convinced his new girlfriend that he was a vampire-werewolf before having sex with her. Apparently intrigued at the prospect of sleeping with both a werewolf and a vampire at the same time, the real-life Bella Swan agreed.
However, supernatural hybrid or not, Carl’s girlfriend was 15 at the time and he was charged with statutory rape in February 2008.
Most vampire enthusiasts engage in harmless role-playing, though now and then criminals with a vampire fascination make the news. Just last month a Texas man named Lyle Bensley allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment and bit her on the neck. He claimed to be a vampire needing blood to survive; his victim was unsympathetic and called police. In 1996 (coincidentally also in Florida) five teenagers accused of killing two people were said to be part of a “vampire cult.”
Already there is talk about a “vampire cult” in this case, and as often happens, entertainment media is blamed. The news media loves stories like this, but the fact is that 99.9 percent of kids — even those fascinated by vampires — have a pretty good grasp on reality.
Typically it’s not the occult subject matter that is the problem; troubled individuals will always find some avenue for their issues. There were about 15,000 homicides last year, virtually none of them connected with vampires, Satanists, or the occult. It’s only troubled kids with a sensational angle who make the news.
A similar phenomenon happened in the 1980s when the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons was accused of inspiring real-life violence, Satanism, and interest in the occult. Tom Hanks even starred in a 1982 made-for-TV movie called “Monsters and Mazes,” which suggested that the game was dangerous and could prompt emotionally disturbed kids to act out. Claims linking role-playing games to real-life violence or psychopathology have long since been disproven.
In the end, the actions and crimes of would-be vampire/werewolves like Stephanie Pistey and Kristian Carl are signs of troubled teen minds, not hidden vampire cults.

SELF-CLAIMED VAMPIRE-WEREWOLF ACCUSED OF MURDER…

A teen connected to a homicide is claiming she’s a vampire-werewolf, and that’s not likely to serve as much of a defense. According to a CBS News story,

A Florida teenager is behind bars as an accessory to the brutal murder of 16-year-old Jacob Hendershot. But that may not be the most shocking part of the crime — Stephanie Pistey says she believes she’s part vampire and part werewolf. Florida police say that, in July, Pistey’s friends lured Hendershot to a house, killed him, and then left his body in a storm drain.

Pistey told a local TV station “I know this is going to be crazy, but I believe that I’m a vampire and part werewolf.” She claims she drank blood from her fiancé and co-defendant William Chase.

NEWS: Beyond ‘Twilight’: Vampires Around the World

The fact that Pistey claims to be a vampire is not, by itself, that unusual. Many people are interested in vampires, and they are everywhere, from “Twilight” to “True Blood” and “Fright Night.” In the mainstream media and pop culture, vampires are very alluring, with elements of power, romance, eroticism and immortality.

It’s not surprising that many people identify with vampires and some even claim to be them. But it’s usually done in the context of goth-inspired role-playing.

As strange as the case is, it’s also not the first time that a person claimed to be a vampire/werewolf hybrid.

In 2007 a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man named Kristian Carl came to believe he was a werewolf (partly because he has prominent canine teeth). According to police, Carl convinced his new girlfriend that he was a vampire-werewolf before having sex with her. Apparently intrigued at the prospect of sleeping with both a werewolf and a vampire at the same time, the real-life Bella Swan agreed.

However, supernatural hybrid or not, Carl’s girlfriend was 15 at the time and he was charged with statutory rape in February 2008.

Most vampire enthusiasts engage in harmless role-playing, though now and then criminals with a vampire fascination make the news. Just last month a Texas man named Lyle Bensley allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment and bit her on the neck. He claimed to be a vampire needing blood to survive; his victim was unsympathetic and called police. In 1996 (coincidentally also in Florida) five teenagers accused of killing two people were said to be part of a “vampire cult.”

Already there is talk about a “vampire cult” in this case, and as often happens, entertainment media is blamed. The news media loves stories like this, but the fact is that 99.9 percent of kids — even those fascinated by vampires — have a pretty good grasp on reality.

Typically it’s not the occult subject matter that is the problem; troubled individuals will always find some avenue for their issues. There were about 15,000 homicides last year, virtually none of them connected with vampires, Satanists, or the occult. It’s only troubled kids with a sensational angle who make the news.

A similar phenomenon happened in the 1980s when the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons was accused of inspiring real-life violence, Satanism, and interest in the occult. Tom Hanks even starred in a 1982 made-for-TV movie called “Monsters and Mazes,” which suggested that the game was dangerous and could prompt emotionally disturbed kids to act out. Claims linking role-playing games to real-life violence or psychopathology have long since been disproven.

In the end, the actions and crimes of would-be vampire/werewolves like Stephanie Pistey and Kristian Carl are signs of troubled teen minds, not hidden vampire cults.